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Pride and Prejudice by, Jane Austen
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.
The Scarlet Letter by, Nathaniel Hawthorne
I have long wanted to read this book by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was one of the first books I downloaded when I got my kindle 2. The character portrayals are superb. It analyses the thoughts, motivations, strengths and weaknesses of the four major characters in the story – Hester Prynn, the vengeful doctor, the hapless minister and Hester’s vivacious and elf-like daughter Pearl. The description of the little girl and how she copes with being ostracized with her mother by a rigid puritanical society, is especially moving. While there are some descriptions of nature that are quite vivid, most of the text goes into developing these four characters and is a fascinating psychological study, though at times it’s little slow.
Overall, a well-crafted story and a good read.
The book though is hard to navigate on the kindle because it has no active table of contents. I therefore would not purchase this version at regular price. Luckily, it’s free!
Two Days of a Dream by, Kathryn Gilmore
1. College at eighteen
2. Career at twenty-two
3. Marriage at twenty-four
4. Kids at twenty-six
Everything in its right order. Except, for Kelly, life didn’t follow the order after step two. After a hard day of corporate climbing in Lincoln, Nebraska, Kelly slips into a vintage nightgown and goes to sleep. The next thing she knows she’s in a dream … maybe.
The frustrating, stone-cold Captain Duran maybe just what she’s not looking for, but what she needs. She knows it’s only her subconscious creating the commanding and handsome man who orders his way into her heart so she dreads when her alarm clock will wrench her from her heart’s desire.
In Iraq, Duran had come to grips with the fact that he would be alone for the rest of his military career, but Kelly turns his orderly life upside down when she appears in his tent. The woman is more than interesting, but is also crazy. He doesn’t want to like the hard-nosed woman that keeps popping up in his cot, but maybe he’s crazy too.
The Deliverer by, Jason D. Morrow
First, they chase him through the mountains of Colorado for days. Then, they murder his grandfather. And just as Silas Ainsley is about to escape his nameless enemies, he is killed.
That’s when it should have ended, but Silas’ journey is far from over.
When he wakes up, he finds himself in a realm where humans are not the superior race, where magic is a way of life, and war is threatening to destroy it all.
Forced to make his way through Marenon alone, Silas joins with a band of lawless mercenaries who claim they can help Silas find his murdered grandfather in exchange for his assistance on one of their more dangerous missions.
Along the way, Silas discovers he is part of an ancient prophecy declaring that he is the only one who can deliver Marenon from the enemies that wish to extinguish its people – the same enemies that killed his grandfather.
The Fourth Law by, Paul Stein
The Fourth Law centers on the invention of the world’s first antigravity machine. The book explores the Grand Unified Theorem of astrophysics and the fourth fundamental law of the Universe—Gravity. But the new antigravity technology is stolen by a wealthy and ruthless industrialist who plans to use the antigravity machine to break into Fort Knox, Kentucky. The theft is blamed on the inventor’s estranged cousin, Ryan Marshall, who must embark on a nationwide search for the real criminals, hoping to clear his name and reunite his family. This is a fast paced white-knuckle thriller leading law enforcement officials on weeklong chase that begins at Stanford University and ends at Fort Knox. Readers who enjoy a genre mixing corporate espionage, mystery, and science fiction should enjoy this book. There is also a strong psychological element as longtime, bitterly estranged family members must overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to fight the darkest most sinister evil. It’s a classic good versus evil winner-takes-all thriller. This theme should appeal to both genders in an age group from thirty years old to seniors.
AT RISK ((Steve Cline Mysteries)) by, Kit Ehrman
“It’s amazing what horses can do for a mystery. Kit Ehrman’s debut novel, AT RISK . . . reeks of authenticity, and the hunters and jumpers have personality to burn. When seven of these horses are stolen in the dead of night, Stephen Cline, the 21-year-old barn manager . . . in the honored tradition of a Dick Francis hero, vows to track down the thieves . . .” ~ The New York Times
Both horse lovers and crime fans who’ve never stepped into a stirrup will relish Ehrman’s riveting debut, set on a Maryland horse farm. When his successful surgeon father disowns him after he drops out of college, 21-year-old Stephen Cline takes a job as barn manager of Foxdale Farm, which specializes in the training and boarding of thoroughbred jumpers. In the middle of a late February night, Steve visits the stable to medicate a sick horse only to stumble on a horse theft in progress. Haunted by the events of that night after barely escaping from being kidnapped and murdered, Steve resolves to track down the perpetrators before they find him. In spite of the warnings of state police detective James Ralston, he continues his search to unravel what becomes a suspenseful mystery, but not before he puts himself in grave peril. The cold, wet Maryland spring vividly turns to summer amid the smells of horses, hay and sawdust as the plot gallops forward. As a former groom, veterinary assistant and barn manager, Ehrman treads Dick Francis territory with a sure foot. From Steve’s girl-crazy friend, Marty, to the motherly farm manager, Mrs. Hill, to the ruthless villains who leave more than one body in their wake, she has created a memorable cast. The sensitively drawn relationship between Steve and the alluring Rachel, a boarder at Foxdale, is one of the novel’s highlights. With his youthful zeal and perseverance, Steve Cline makes a captivating hero and sleuth, one readers will be eager to see again.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the hardcover edition
“The smart money could make the unusually likable protagonist a favorite in the Francis Stakes.” ~ Kirkus
“At best, only a small fraction of first novels turn out to be first in a series (why assume that success for At Risk?) The overarching reason is that its author is thoughtful and clever, as well as skilled. Ehrman’s writing is unobtrusively crisp . . . The plot is intricate, intriguing, and solid in the best traditional style . . .” ~ The Drood Review
“At Risk by Kit Ehrman is suspense on steroids and one of the best debut novels to hit the crime literature racetrack since Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War. Clear ample shelf space for a Steve Cline series because Ehrman, a real-life horse farmer, has hit for the literary trifecta.” ~ Andrew McAleer of Austin Layman’s Crimestalker Casebook
“Kit Ehrman’s AT RISK is for fans of Dick Francis and anyone who likes an edge of your seat, fun, page-turning whodunit.” ~Al Blanchard
“Fast-paced action throughout.” ~Midwest Book Review
The Last Mountains by, Rick Craig
When Park Service climbing ranger Tom Hadley finds a fallen climber’s body on the Grand Teton, he believes his troubled eleven-year-old son has caused a terrible accident. But evidence of murder plunges the father and son into a mystery they must solve together to save their fragile relationship. All Tom wants from the summer of 2002 is to become a better father and reassemble the life that fell apart when a brain injury ended his promising Himalayan mountaineering career. But the murder pulls him into a web of terrorists, American agents and political intrigue as the country moves toward war. Tom foils an apparent assassination attempt on the Vice President, but it may be his son the only one who can identify the killer from the mountain who is really in danger. With high-altitude adventure, stunning landscapes, sharply drawn characters and a fast-moving plot, The Last Mountains launches an exciting new mystery series.
Supreme Betrayal by, Steve Nyman
An Army officer murdered in cold blood. A ship with deadly cargo is bound for the American coast. Only one man can unravel the plot, but Andrew Douglas always plays by the rules. The former FBI Agent carries out his mission, and follows orders to the letter. Now, the rules have changed, but the stakes are higher, much higher. Threats against his young family, a newspaper reporter hot on his heels as he rushes to prevent the deadly assault from the sea, all weigh heavily on his moral compass. Even the U.S. Constitution and the very foundation of the American government are at risk. Andrew has found himself in the middle of a maelstrom, with no escape.
Spencer Kane, a teenager on vacation with his family at Shadow Lake, Michigan, finds himself in the middle of peculiar, even paranormal situations that affect many of the lake residents. Spencer and his friends unknowingly cause the events to intensify and become more violent, bringing even more danger to those who haven’t yet fled the lake in terror.
Excerpt: The voice appeared to come from inside the tunnel. I slowly lowered myself down to the bend to get a better look. I didn’t hear anything. I called out “Is anyone down here? Do you need help?”
I turned back to where the flashlight was aimed, and immediately saw two shining circles, resembling eyes glowing from the light, and looking in my direction. Before I could make another move, I heard. “Please help me.” “Who’s there? I asked again. As I watched the shiny spheres, they began moving closer and closer. I stared at them at first, not certain if the person in trouble was approaching me, or if I should be running for my life from something evil. As the eyes drew closer, I could now make out a figure. It looked strangely familiar.
Then I realized the figure was the little girl I had seen in my nightmare. The same one who had disappeared in the lake and hasn’t yet been found.
Death by Honeymoon (Book #1 in the Caribbean Murder Series) by, Jaden Skye
On the rugged, wild, eastern shore of Barbados, Cindy and Clint are enjoying their dream honeymoon, when paradise quickly turns into hell. Cindy finds her newly beloved taken away from her, drowned in a freak accident in the ocean. The local police are quick to declare it an accident, to insist that he was caught in a sudden riptide. But Cindy, left all alone, is not convinced.
Cindy must return to her and Clint’s now-empty home in New York and face her in-laws, who never wanted Clint to marry her, and who did everything to make her engagement and wedding hell. She must deal with all of these women’s backbiting, gossiping and unspoken accusations, while she tries to get a handle on her own grief and to get clear on what really happened to Clint.
Cindy is mailed an anonymous photo of a woman she had never met, addressed to Clint. As she tries to unravel the mysterious package, as she begins to dig deeper into Clint’s emails and files, she realizes how many secrets Clint had been hiding from his past. She realizes that she didn’t really know the man she loved. And she also realizes that Clint was murdered.
She digs deeper, into the depths of Clint’s massive corporation, DGB oil, and as she starts to unearth information she shouldn’t, she goes too far. Soon her own life is in peril. On the run, she realizes that the only way to get answers, and to save her own life, is to return to where it all began: Barbados. As she heads into the dark underside of the isl
A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak #1) by, Dana Stabenow
Somewhere in the hinterlands of Alaska, among the millions of sprawling acres that comprise “The Park,” a young National Park Ranger has gone missing. When the detective sent after him also vanishes, the Anchorage DA’s department must turn to their reluctant former investigator, Kate Shugak. Shugak knows The Park because she’s of The Park, an Aleut who left her home village of Niniltna to pursue education, a career, and the righting of wrongs. Kate’s search for the missing men will take her from self-imposed exile back to a life she’d left behind, and face-to-face with people and problems she’d hoped never to confront again.
The first novel in the popular Kate Shugak Series, A Cold Day for Murder established Dana Stabenow as a new voice in Alaskan mystery writing, and earned her an Edgar Award.
Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell #1) by, Dana Stabenaw
“What were you intending to do with Mr. Engebretsen, Bill?”
They both regarded the bound man for a moment. The bar watched and waited in silence. “Well,” Bill said finally, “I was thinking about supergluing his shooting hand to one cheek of his ass and his other hand around a beer bottle.”
Liam stared. She appeared to be absolutely serious. He opened his mouth, and she said, “He drinks too much, does Teddy. I’m not totally unfeeling—the bottle of beer will be a full one, but after it’s gone, that’s it.”
“I like it,” the Old Fart said, and grinned evilly when Teddy’s eyes bulged over the edge of the gag.
“Or we could just shoot him,” she said, and raised the .30-06 to work the action. She gave a satisfied nod. “Plenty of ammunition. Course at this distance I really only need one.”
This is the first novel in the Liam Campbell series.
Vengeance (A Steve Williams Novel) by, J.E. Taylor
Escaping from the city, Steve and Jennifer settle back into their quiet life on the banks of Mirror Lake. Their peaceful existence shatters with a crippling loss and Jennifer’s visions escalate, forecasting a brutal assault on their family.
Armed with scant details from her dreams, Steve trudges through a litany of past connections, searching for the key to stop the course of fate.
What he uncovers chills him to the core – a brother with a grudge, a serial killer and a mafia assassin are all on his trail. The hunt begins . . .
*Warning: This book contains strong language and depictions of graphic violence that some readers may find offensive.
The bride everyone is talking about!
It should be every girl’s dream to design a wedding with no expense spared, but it’s not Sylvie’s. Longbourne Court was her ancestral home, and she’s just discovered that the new owner is Tom McFarlane–her baby’s secret father.
A Cookbok By Ted by, Ted Summerfield
These recipes are much better than the title of my cookbook. I have used these for many years at home and my restaurant. Among the recipes included are: Fish Pie, Mulligatawny, Greek shortbread, Double Peanut Butter Roll-ups, Quiche Lorraine, Tourtiere, Pecan Pie, Cherry Pie, Beets and Oranges, Butterscotch Pie, Curried Shrimp, and Three Cheese Rice. Also information on herbs and spices
Easy Appetizer Recipes by, Instructable Authors
Easy Appetizer Recipes gives you full step-by-step instructions for 15 easy and impressive appetizers you can make for your next party. Impress them with fresh bruschetta, easy crab cakes, or even jalapeno poppers! All projects come from Instructables.com, are written by party-food experts, and contain pictures for each step so you can easily make sure your next party is a success. Party on!
Frame-Up by, Eric Christopherson and Brad Schoenfeld
there is quite a bit of talent here.” — John Schoenfelder, Senior Editor, Mulholland Books
Sam must not only determine whether Will is telling the truth but also follow unexpected investigative leads involving Nazi-stolen artwork missing since WW II and illicit high-tech genetic engineering. Will she crack the case? Or will there be a family reunion on death row?
The coauthors are: Eric Christopherson, a former police officer and federal government consultant, and Brad Schoenfeld, a nationally renowned fitness expert with over 500,000 copies of his fitness books in print.
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This ebook contains bonus excerpts:
Chapter 1 of CRACK-UP by Eric Christopherson
At Long Odds by, Hannah Hooton
‘…but there can only be one winner,’ he finished for her.
When Ginny Kennedy returns home to Newmarket to revive the family’s racing stable, she has just one thing on her mind: winning the coveted Dewhurst Stakes at the end of the season.
Not only is she faced with the challenges of making her way in a man’s world, but she must also cope with her next door neighbour, rival trainer Julien Larocque.
Sharing the same ambition with the suave and successful Frenchman is just part of her problems though and when her world takes a sinister turn, Ginny must decide who she can and cannot trust.
Come Race Day, she realises that there is a lot more at stake than just a trophy…
Praise for At Long Odds:
“I just read this entire story today. I loved the characters… I enjoyed Ginny and Julien’s relationship and I loved the element of horse racing.”
“Loved At Long Odds, so refreshing to read something original… Just wish it hadn’t ended so quickly, though I suppose part of that was me staying up until 1am reading it!”
“I know nothing about horses and horse racing [but] I have so enjoyed At Long Odds.”
“This was great. I read it in one sitting.”
“I can honestly say I LOVED this book to bits. It’s one story I’ll never get tired of.”
“Fantastic book through and through. Well written… and an absolute delight to read. I generally don’t favour ‘sports’ stories of any kind because the… events are often tedious and boring. I was so incredibly impressed, however, by the segments about the races in At Long Odds. They were engaging, provided great imagery, and created a fantastic atmosphere of suspense and emotion. Can’t wait to read more of Hannah Hooton’s work!”
“I really enjoyed At Long Odds. [Hannah Hooton] has the gift of story-telling. The plot is great and interesting. Things move on, but not in a hurried manner. Julien and Ginny are just lovely characters.”
“At Long Odds is a wonderful story, and I loved every minute I spent reading it.”
“I really enjoyed this story. I was up past 3 o’clock in the morning because I wanted to finish it all in one go.”
“Great book! I finished reading the entire thing in two days. Looking forward to reading more of Hannah Hooton’s writing!”
“So good! I really enjoyed [At Long Odds] – it made me all warm and tingly!”
“Amazing story. The way you built up the suspense just made the ending more satisfying.”
“Hannah Hooton’s done a great job here! It’s a wonderful story and I enjoyed reading it greatly.”
“Beautiful story. I enjoyed it immensely.”
Meeting Destiny (Destiny Series – Book 1) by, Nancy Straight
Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense.
A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger…Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities.
Radiance: Experiencing Divine Presence by, Gina Lake
This little book shows you how to experience the Divine in the world in simple ways by being very present. It’s possible to experience the mysterious truth that everything is an expression of the Divine by paying close attention to the many signs that reveal this great Mystery. Radiance points out these clues so that you can more easily recognize yourself as the Divine-that which is creating and has created this you that you think you are and all that this you is experiencing. Radiance was given to the author by her inner teacher. The paperback includes some fitting excerpts from another book by Gina Lake, Embracing the Now: How to Find Peace and Happiness in What Is.
Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy, Book 1) by, Megg Jensen
**Afterlife: Book Two in The Swarm Trilogy drops April 26th, 2012**
An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she’s filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.
Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?
Undeniable Rogue (The Rogues Club, Book One) by, Annette Blair
Widowed, penniless Sabrina Whitcomb isn’t looking for romance. What she needs is a husband, and she knows well enough that romance and matrimony aren’t always compatible. While providing for her twins and the child she now carries is paramount, wedding a virtual stranger—even a wealthy one, like Gideon St. Goddard, Duke of Stanthorpe—is no light matter. Sabrina knows the friend who arranged the union would not promise her to a true scoundrel, but one look at her future husband convinces her that he is a shameless rogue. A shockingly handsome and desirable one, at that. Why did he agree to marry her? When Gideon flashes his wicked, seductive smile, the reason hardly matters, but the chance that he’ll steal her heart becomes all too real . . .
UNFORGETTABLE ROGUE, The Rogues Club, Two or Four
Beauty and the beast trade places. After being reported dead, handsome as sin Bryceson Wakefield, Duke of Hawksworth, returns home scarred and beaten by way, only to find his hoyden of a wife blossomed into a beauty and set to wed another. Can Beauty seduce her unforgettable Beast? Will the beast ever learn to consider himself worthy?
Review Quotes for UNDENIABLE ROGUE:
“Awesome! To call this story incredible would be an understatement.” Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews
“A love story that is pure joy. The Duke takes a Duchess and gets so much more. Delightful story, enchanting characters steal your heart, fast pace, great storytelling.” RT
“An utterly charming and heartwarming marriage of convenience story. Gideon is a wonderful all-around hero—as a father in training . . . and most definitely in the marriage bed.” Romance Reviews Today
“I very much look forward to the next story in the Rogues Club series. I loved this book from beginning to end and highly recommend it.” A Romance Review
“Annette Blair skillfully pens an exhilarating, humorous, and easy to read historical romance. A fabulous tale.” Road to Romance
“Regency fans will want to add The Rogues to their collections.” The Romance Readers Connection
“A feel-good read that shines with warmth, wit and passion. Ms. Blair is off to a winning start in her Rogues Club series.” Heartstrings
Awards for Undeniable Rogue:
A Laurel Wreath Award Winner
A Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award Nominee
A Holt Medallion Award Finalist
A Barclay Gold Top Ten Favorite
An Aspen Gold Finalist
A Winter Rose Winner
The Lories Best Historical Winner, Best Overall
A Romance Review Top Ten Pick Review
A Blether Silver Award
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